William Homer Thornberry

Personal

Birthday: 
1/9/1909
Birthplace: 
Austin, TX
Date of Death: 
12/12/1995
Place of Death: 
Austin, TX
Race or Ethnicity: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

Private practice, Austin, Texas, 1936-1941, 1946-1948
State representative, Texas, 1937-1941
District attorney, Travis County, Texas, 1941-1942
U.S. Navy lieutenant commander, 1942-1946
City councilman, Austin, Texas, 1946-1948
U.S. representative from Texas, 1949-1963

Nominated to Supreme Court of the United States, June 26, 1968; nomination withdrawn by president, October 4, 1968

Education

Name of School: 
University of Texas
Degree: 
B.B.A.
Degree Year: 
1932
Name of School - Second: 

University of Texas School of Law

Only a large law school devoted to excellence across the range of modern legal education can offer this diversity. UT manages to do so while at the same time offering students intimate settings for study and recreation. The entering class is divided into eight extracurricular Societies, which become hubs of fun and friendship. The first year curriculum includes small classes offering individual attention, and the upper class curriculum is studded with seminars, colloquia, and clinics. Large class or small, good teaching is the norm. Student satisfaction surveys place Texas at or near the top year after year; our teaching track record is seldom matched by any other law school.

Degree - Second: 
LL.B.
Degree Year - Second: 
1936

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Court Name: 

Texas Western District Court

President Nominating: 
John F. Kennedy
Party Affiliation of President: 
Democratic
Commission Date: 
12/17/1963
Termination Date: 
7/2/1965
Termination Reason: 
Appointment to Another Judicial Position
Court Name - Second: 
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Court Name - Second: 

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Commission Date - Second: 
7/1/1965
Retirement from Active Service - Second: 
12/21/1978
Termination Date - Second: 
12/12/1995
Termination Reason - Second: 
Death
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